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Underpowered with performance and undelivered with software, Nintendo Wii U just cannot become popular. According to recent figures from market analysts, the Wii U remains an underdog on the U.S. market with monthly sales barely crossing the 50 thousand per month milestone. Microsoft Xbox 360 remains the top-selling game system among those available today.

Based on the data from NPD Group, a market tracking company, and Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, sales of Nintendo Wii U console in April got lower compared to March and February. According to Mr. Pachter, Nintendo sold through 55 thousand of Wii U units in April. Keeping in mind that Microsoft sold only 130 thousand of Xbox 360 – which was the highest amount among all consoles sold in April – actual sales of Wii U could be even lower and Mr. Pachter could seem overoptimistic.

Nintendo Wii U’s market performance suffers because of several factors: its low performance, incoming consoles from major rivals, relatively high price amid lack of games, including those that actually take advantage of Nintendo Wii U’s controller with built-in screen.

As of March 31, the Wii U has sold 3.45 million units since its launch, below Nintendo's initial forecast of 5.5 million, and even January's adjustment to 4 million, reports Joystiq web-site.

Tags: Nintendo, Wii U, Wii, Business

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"It's the software stupid"
0 0 [Posted by: Thomas Simmons  | Date: 05/18/13 08:21:52 AM]
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And the price for console and games, which are ridiculous high
2 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/18/13 11:41:27 PM]
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Time to go back to the drawing board Nintendo the Wii U is as big as a flop as Virtual Boy was.
2 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/18/13 10:56:12 AM]
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Not even close. The Virtual Boy didn't sell 3.45 Million units world wide. And was discontinued within a few months of it's release to make way for the N64. It's month 6 of the WiiU's life and it's still supported strongly by Nintendo and now Sega and Capcom.
2 1 [Posted by: KyanbuXM  | Date: 05/18/13 05:48:18 PM]
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Don't forget Ubisoft. They have great titles coming our way. Also Precursor Games that's making Shadow of the Eternals (Spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness for GameCube). Speaking of which google for Shadows of Eternals kickstarter and support it!!!! Game runs on CryEngine 3. Which also proves the console is fully capable. Not to mention the fact that Crysis 3 was made for Wii U but EA backed out of releasing it because the dumbasses didn't think the userbase was large enough- even though that title alone would have been a console seller in itself for the Wii U. Once more games roll out, more consoles will sell and more developers will support it. I'm looking forward to Assasins Creed 4 Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends as well. Also they're workin on a ZombiU 2. Look it up Ubisoft can support the console, why can't EA and these other pu$%y developers support it? Oh yeah, they're too chicken$h!t to put the games out because they're afraid of losing money even though these developers themselves making the games would help the console sell more thus selling more copies of their game. Also the Wii U is NOT underpowered. This writer needs to get his facts straight. For example this console is more capable than the 360 or PS3. Which is why games like Trine 2 could use pc assets and push it more on the Wii U than any other console. Also Most Wanted U aquired the use of PC textures and assets and managed to make it run stable at that; though they couldn't do this with the PS3 or 360.
2 0 [Posted by: Chris Raybell  | Date: 05/18/13 06:22:24 PM]
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but was it a flop? yes is the wii u a big flop looking at its market share that is doing much lower then expected? yes hence is why I put both of them in the same categories ad nintendos flops.
1 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/18/13 10:11:53 PM]
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Wii U sales are piss weak. It's a fail - because the hardware is outdated and thus unattractive to developers and gamers alike.
1 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/19/13 01:09:59 AM]
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The hardware is not that outdated...It's more modern and stronger than ps3 and xbox 360 hardware, it is Nintendos Next Gen system. It won't be as strong as ps4 but it will still compete, you will see in due time.
3 0 [Posted by: Korey Puliyanda  | Date: 05/19/13 04:16:05 AM]
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I hope you're right dude.
1 0 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 05/19/13 04:27:45 AM]
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everybody is overreacting, compare ps3 and xbox360 sales the first 6 months :

Nov 2005
PS2 – 546,000
Xbox 360 – 326,000

Dec 2005
PS2 – 1,463,000 (up 48% compared to Dec 2004. Points back to GAF, link broken)
Xbox 360 – 281,000

Jan 2006
PS2 – 317,000 (Down 45% compared to Jan 2005 at 488,000)
Xbox 360 – 231,000 (50k fewer consoles in Jan than in Dec)

Feb 2006
PS2 – 300,000
Xbox 360 – 160,000

Mar 2006 (couldn't find any concrete data)
PS2
Xbox 360

Apr 2006
PS2 – 207,000
Xbox 360 – 295,000

Nov 2006
PS2 – 664,000
Xbox 360 – 511,000
PS3 – 197,000
Wii – 476,000

Dec 2006
PS2 – 1,400,000
Xbox 360 – 1,100,000
PS3 – 490,000
Wii – 604,000

Jan 2007
PS2 – 299,000
Xbox 360 – 294,000
PS3 – 243,000
Wii – 435,000

Feb 2007
PS2 – 295,000
Xbox 360 – 228,000
PS3 – 127,000
Wii – 335,000

Mar 2007
PS2 – 280,000
Xbox 360 – 199,000
PS3 – 130,000
Wii – 259,000

Apr 2007
PS2 – 194,000
Xbox 360 – 174,000
PS3 – 82,000
Wii – 360,000
2 1 [Posted by: mackan84  | Date: 05/19/13 09:02:30 AM]
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Nintendo fanboy or a poor sap that bought one of these systems? In any case you keep thinking that and the rest of us will keep seeing wii u sales slide in the toilet.
1 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/19/13 11:19:12 PM]
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Some great info there.

It comes down to a value proposition mixture of price and content.

Wii U may just get squeezed out entirely, stuck between the competitors last gen and their next gen, unable to meet that value proposition consumers are looking for.
0 0 [Posted by: JBG  | Date: 05/20/13 03:41:38 PM]
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